The two-year, Heart of the Community project aims to advance health and health equity in Egg Harbor City by 1) connecting residents with available resources using technology, and 2) improving access to healthy food. With more than 200 partners across two counties, the Coalition for a Safe Community includes residents, law enforcement, school districts and faith-based partners. According to the City Health Dashboard for Egg Harbor City, the community’s unemployment rate has increased from 14% to more than 26% amid the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, 57% of residents under 18 years old are obese. For this project, the Coalition is purchasing six Chromebooks and a docking station to support public library patrons searching for employment, applying for programs and services, or locating community resources. For the second phase of this project, the Coalition is building a community greenhouse at the Municipal Complex to provide fresh vegetables and host wellness programs for residents. By the end of this project, the community coalition will have advanced health equity in Egg Harbor City by collaborating across sectors and making better use of data to inform decisions that can improve the health of everyone in the community. Through this project, Egg Harbor City is one of 10 New Jersey communities to receive a suite of tools that include a community data dashboard developed by City Health Dashboard. Click here to view the City Health Dashboard for this community.
Branch Manager, Egg Harbor City Library
Egg Harbor City is one of 10 New Jersey communities supported through the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives initiative. Meet the 10 South Jersey communities and hear partners such as school districts, residents, libraries, non-profit organizations, health care, arts and culture, and others share their aspirations for improving health for everyone.